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2004-2005 Mike Breese Scholarship Winner, Kenny Cook -- @ UMass

Named To Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team

 

Nov. 14, 2005

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - At the conclusion of the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Championship Tournament, the league selected UMass sophomore Kenny Cook (Fairport, N.Y.) as a member of the All-Tournament Team. Cook is the first UMass player named to the squad since Jeff Deren and Ptah Myers were selected in 2002.

 

 

UMass advanced to the league championship tournament for the first time since 2002 when the Minutemen fell to George Washington in the semifinal round. This year's qualification was the ninth time in r 15 seasons that UMass has made postseason play.

Cook was also named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team at the conclusion of the regular season. The 6-foot-5 defender started every game this season and ranked second on the team in points (11) and was tied for first in goals (5). Both of those totals were career-highs for Cook who also had two game-winning scores to his credit this season.

Only two defenders were named to the All-Tournament Team - Cook and Dayton goalkeeper Nick Tarkany. Five midfielders and four forwards comprised the remainder of the squad.

In all, 17 UMass players have been named to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team since the Minutemen's first appearance in 1991 - Koch's first season in Amherst.

Of those 17 players, Cook is the eighth defensive player selected. J.R. Pouncey, now the assistant women's soccer coach at Pace University, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2001 Tournament. Joining Pouncey on that team was goalkeeper Bryan O'Quinn, now with the Western Mass Pioneers, and Deren, UMass' all-time leading scorer.

The Minutemen lost their opening round game 2-0 to eventual Atlantic 10 Champion Rhode Island who now advances to the NCAA Tournament.

2005 A-10 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM


Goalkeeper - Nick Tarkany, Dayton
Back - Kenny Cook, UMass
Midfielder - Floyd Franks, Charlotte
Midfielder - Jeffrey Gonsalves, Rhode Island
Midfielder - Simon Gatti, Rhode Island
Midfielder - Alex Matteson, Saint Louis
Midfielder - Eric Sweetin, Saint Louis
Forward - Ryan Wileman, Saint Louis
Forward - Steve Mellor, Duquesne
Forward - Omar Jarun, Dayton
Forward - Lukasz Tumicz, Rhode Island
Most Outstanding Player: Simon Gatti, Rhode Island

 

 

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